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I joined Hillside school this year with 20 years of experience in the south suburbs of Chicago.   I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Illinois State University and worked in Child Welfare for 3 years.  I quickly learned that through education I could have a bigger impact on children’s lives.  My journey in education began in 2nd grade where I discovered my love of literacy.  I earned my Reading Recovery certification through Governor’s State University and served as a reading specialist for 10 years.  While in this position I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  My leadership experience started quickly after as an assistant principal for 3 years and principal for 4 years.  I look forward to continuing my journey of life-long learning while at Hillside School. 


Yours in education, 

Bridget Gainer 



“Every child deserves a champion: An adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”  -Rita Pierson, Educator